Vice President – Skye Saunders

Dr Skye Saunders of the Australian National University College of Law is a leading expert in gender issues in rural Australia. Her work, Whispers from the Bush – The Workplace Sexual Harassment of Australian Rural Women (Federation Press, 2015), is the first in Australia to focus on the nature and prevalence of sexual harassment in rural workplaces.

In 2018, Skye was appointed to the YWCA Australia delegation to the United Nations 62nd Commission on the Status of Women, focusing on the empowerment of rural women and girls. She also recently taught a comparative US/Australian Gender Law program at the University of Alabama.

In 2017, Skye collaborated with the Victorian Women’s Trust (VWT) to produce a short film called Grace Under Fire. The film was launched by Chief Justice Diana Bryant, and is available to schools, workplaces and individuals who wish to host a screening. Skye has also worked with the VWT to develop a community education pack for national distribution.

Skye is a regular speaker at national and international conferences and events, and also contributes to major Australian newspapaers. Skye also recently interviewed Dr Anne Summers AO as part of YWCA Canberra’s She Leads In-Conversation series. She was awarded the Chancellor’s 2017 Distinguished Young Alumni Award (University of Canberra).

Prior to joining the Australian National University, Skye practised as an Employment Relations/Discrimination solicitor in a large commercial firm.


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